What is a stroke?
A stroke happens when a blood vessel in your brain:
What happens during a stroke?
Blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the body. A burst or blocked blood vessel stops blood from reaching some parts of the brain. With no blood flow, parts of the brain will be damaged or die. The effects of a stroke will depend on where and how much of the brain was damaged. Learn about the functions of the brain here.
What is a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)?
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) happens when there is a temporary stoppage of blood flow and oxygen to the brain. The symptoms are like a stroke but only lasts less than 24 hours. This is often called a mini-stroke. It is a warning sign that you may have a stroke.
What causes a stroke
Why did I have a stroke?
A stroke often happens without warning signs.
There are some things that make it more likely that someone will have a stroke:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Poorly managed diabetes
- Unhealthy eating habits
- Drinking too much alcohol
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Not enough exercise
- Atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat)
Signs of a stroke
Are there warning signs before a stroke happens?
For most people a stroke happens suddenly.
What are the signs of a TIA or stroke?
The 3 signs to look for are:
- Face – Is it drooping?
- Arms – Can you raise them?
- Speech – Is it slurred or jumbled?
If you notice any of these warning signs, call 911 right away.
A glossary of terms is available to help you find the meaning of common words related to stroke care
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